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  1. According to the Body and Parts Manual it occurred at R4849.
  2. The console plate was changed from all covered in vinyl to the one with five control slots rather than four and the walnut appliqué.
  3. It's your car...future resale value is your decision...not ours. Post-Studebaker Avantis don't usually see much, if any difference in values with an engine change as long as it's done correctly. A crate engine 350/383 would essentially be a drop-in with little modifications necessary...if any. If you really want to make it special...get a GM LS-based engine installed. While there would be some mods necessary it's been done before so it's not an unknown quantity...they're plentiful and easily found...less weight and outstanding performance.
  4. I believe the wire wheel Avanti Motors used for some time was Borrani but may have changed later to Dayton.
  5. Gunslinger

    Avanti Name!

    I wasn't answering the question...just relaying genuine information.
  6. I'm quite aware of the use of adapters...it's that its not the optimum solution for an Avanti with the low hood line. I was thinking of the best way to accomplish the job in the best fashion for performance...not cheaping out for its own sake.
  7. Gunslinger

    Avanti Name!

    Some called it the "X-job" or "X-SHE" for "Experimental Sherwood" before it was named.
  8. Find a carburetor rebuilder that knows what he's doing. The Q-jet is an excellent carburetor but not many today understand it. Having your own rebuilt is preferable to buying an assembly line rebuilt one. If you decide to go with an Edelbrock...also an excellent carb...you'll need a new intake manifold since the Q-jet is a spread-bore and the Edelbrock is a square-bore. The Edelbrock Performer is a very good intake and will take with spread- or square-bore carbs. The better option is th Edelbrock Performer EPS which is optimized for the Edelbrock square-bore care...better hp and torque numbers...not by a lot but better. If you're looking for even better performance...you'll need to open your wallet wide. That will take a new camshaft, cylinder head rework or new heads altogether. Tread carefully if that's your goal...things can snowball quickly if you don't have a plan worked out on what you want out of your engine.
  9. Very good point. My dad owned two businesses and we had two cars...each owned by a separate business for tax reasons. He owned both businesses so the cars belonged to him...but the cars were each titled to the respective businesses. So maybe it's arguable but it's a very fine point...a distinction without a difference.
  10. Did Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper) own his Avantis under which name or did his music business own them? He's a conservative Republican so I would imagine he uses the same trick by having cars as a business expense. The same goes for Joyce Brothers and Neil Young...their business managers may well have had their clients do the same for tax purposes. Just askin'.
  11. Rick did own an early Avanti if not owned two...that still doesn't get an answer to the question as all listed above did own Avantis. Trick question or a mistaken question?
  12. Rick Nelson owned two Avantis over time...you say both Neil Young and Joyce Brothers either do or did own Avantis...Alice Cooper has owned at least two Avantis...that's all four possibilities. Is there a fifth possibility or was this a trick question?
  13. Does your engine have a serpentine belt or standard V-belts? A serpentine belt requires a reverse flow water pump. There's also short nose and long nose water pumps. The water pump on your engine should have a casting number on it. Copy that and see if it can be matched that way. As far as the transducer...you need to know what brand cruise control is on the car...Avanti Motors may not have used the GM system but an aftermarket unit.
  14. I'm guessing it's the first Avanti with "63" dropped from the serial number.
  15. While advertising is usually full of hyperbole, Goodyear, in this ad, claimed the first thing Steve Blake changed was the tires. The ad also shows the "II" already dropped from the Avanti name...so it begs the "chicken and the egg" type of question.
  16. Gunslinger

    Rosy Avanti!

    ^^^What he said!^^^ Rosenthal was President of South Bend's First Source Bank and approved the loan.
  17. Yep...the same guy who bought my Avanti. He lost three dozen collector cars and motorcycles...and not all were insured. He lost all that as well as his home.
  18. I believe the gentleman who owned RQA0306 is the same one who purchased my RQB1574 to replace it. He lost his entire car collection in the fires...including some very rare and even one-of-a-kind vehicles such as the Studebaker Kart Hauler.
  19. The hydraulic brake light switch is easy to source and inexpensive...it was used on many cars contemporary to the Avanti. The issue now is twofold...replacements now are usually made offshore and they simply don't last. Another issue is they seem to be sensitive to DOT 5 silicone brake fluid if you use that (my advice...don't) and will also fail early. Why...no one seems to know. My advice about DOT 5 brake fluid is also arguable...some use it without issue but many argue against it. When you replace the switch...immediately bleed your brakes of air since removing the old switch introduces air into the system. Another option is to leave the brake light switch where it is, disconnect its wires and install a mechanical switch under the dash. It might take about an hour of work but it's more reliable.
  20. It could also be the plastic bushing to the brake pedal has worn and the pedal is sagging for lack of a better term...and that's activating the brake light switch. Ask me how I know. I do admit the bad brake light switch is the more likely culprit.
  21. The '70 Avanti I owned had the same brakes as the Studebaker and here's what I did to update the system...brake update
  22. First...welcome! The first and best thing you can do is buy copies of the Studebaker Avanti shop manual and parts manual. While yours is an Avanti II much of the information in the manuals is still relevant. Also...have the entire car gone over mechanically...brakes (especially brakes due their extreme importance)...brake hoses and metal lines...anything and everything mechanical. It's essentially a 1953 chassis and requires a lot of maintenance...many lube points to hit. Check the height of the front coil springs as it's very common for the coil springs to compress with age. If you don't know the history of the car or documentation of its maintenance then everything is suspect until shown otherwise. It's a great car but it has its idiosyncrasies. Any forty-one year old car is going to have issues...hopefully they've been addressed already but you need to make sure. Others should check in and give advice and to welcome you as well. Don't be afraid to ask questions. As a group we've learned workarounds or substitutions for unavailable parts or by-the-book repairs.
  23. The Avanti was initially supposed to have quad headlights but it was changed to duals for cost reasons. If it had been introduced with quads we wouldn't know the difference to discuss it.
  24. SWAG...it was the Altman car built for Bob Morrison of Molded Fiberglass...with a supercharged 327.
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